So much for frivolity.
One thing that’s been driving me absolutely nuts since the Democrats won back Congress is how much the inside-the-beltway folks are completely ignoring their constituents.
Personally, I’m used to being ignored; my Senators are both hard-right Republicans (including the execrable John Cornyn), and “my” Representative is Lamar Smith, who doesn’t “represent” me in any way whatsoever. I hate it, but I’m used to it.
On the other hand, it really frosts my country ass that these Democrats that were put into Congress specifically to stand up to President Bush are caving in left and right. And it angers me even more that they not only flagrantly ignore their constituents, but also, like Nancy Pelosi, actually scorn them. Pelosi sneered at people protesting her limp Speakership by saying “If they were poor and they were sleeping on my sidewalk, they would be arrested for loitering, but because they have ‘Impeach Bush’ across their chest, it’s the First Amendment.”
Yes, Nancy; exercising their Constitutional rights–which you’re trying to give away at the behest of a President with a 24% approval rating–is so annoying!
As if that isn’t bad enough, the “liberal mainstream media” continues to pump out the meme that Democrats are stupid and doomed if they stand up to Bush. With the support for the war hovering around 30%, and with Democratic support for the war in single digits, the press nonetheless continues to opine that Democrats who stand up for civil rights, for pulling us out of Iraq, for returning to sane domestic policies, are stupid or naive or self-immolating.
You can read it over and over: Howard Kurtz, David Broder, David Brooks, Shailagh Murray, David Ignatius . . . pretty much anywhere. There are a few who step outside this nonsense, like Paul Krugman and Dan Froomkin (See? Not all Jews support neocons/Likud!), but in the main, the press is not listening to the people they theoretically serve. And they wonder why their subscription numbers are decreasing!
When the politicians we elect and the press that’s supposed to keep an eye on them aren’t paying attention to what “the people” want, where does that leave us? Personally it leaves me battling fury and depression.